Apr 18, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (23) throws a pitch during a baseball game at Tropicana Field. The New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-0. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Perhaps it shouldn’t surprise us how well Jake Odorizzi has been so far in 2015. His 1.7 WAR is the highest among any starter on the Rays so far in 2015 and his 2.57 FIP is among the top 10 of all starting pitchers in baseball right now. The key to his success might be on his aggressive approach and his 1.52 BB/9 shows that his control has been excellent as well. If there was any doubt about whether Odorizzi had a spot locked down in the Rays’ rotation for years to come, there definitely isn’t now.
Odorizzi is here to stay, and despite projections describing him as a number three or four starter in an average rotation, he has pitched like a front-of-the-rotation starter so far in 2015 and will look to keep improving. He is making a strong case to be the next Rays starter signed to a long-term deal, but the Rays control for four more seasons after 2015 even if they don’t.
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